Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.

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Photo of Matt1516
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of wheat, malt, some brown sugar.

Initial flavor of wheat, primarily. Then come flavours of dark fruit, biscuit, and caramel come out.

The extra malts add a little something to the traditional weissbier. Slightly watery but quite refreshing and good year-round.

Will look for again.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by August 2010, poured into Ayinger wheat glass

A- on the darker side of the dunkelweizen spectrum; very dark brown with hints of red/orange colors peeking through, cloudy, with a two finger light tan head that appears to be staying around for awhile and creating some lacing

S-not getting much on the aroma; faint caramel malt and bread-like smells; not much spice, nor does it remind me of fresh baked banana bread; there's a slight fruitiness, but slight

T-eh its just kind of there not much going on; definite caramel type maltiness with a slight dryness but not really any spice character to balance out the earthy sweetness; the smell is definitely more reminicsent of banana bread than the taste (although it is subtle); the taste is more on lines of a sticky and chewy loaf bread that doesn't have any flavoring added

M-has a crisp bite from the carbonation and a yeasty some what dry aftertaste

D-it's definitely not a terrible beer, but not a great example of the particular style IMO; definitely drinkable but leaves you wanting a bit more spice because it is a very flat beer in terms of overall depth; worth a try, but probably won't be seeking it out again

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Photo of mmva321
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a simple beer that has very little that really stands out but is consistently good all around.

The apperance is almost a dark copper color; a dirty brown with a slight tint of red. The off-white head quickly dissapates down the side, leaving a thick, bubbly layer on the top.

The smell really doesn't have any auromas that really break through. It is a little fruity, but anything that is there is drowned out by a still faint smell of yeast.

The taste has the banana falvor but also the same bitter yeast taste. After having the beer, that yeast smell and flavor is what I really remember about it. There is a lingering bitterness afterwards. Still, this is a solid dark wheat beer with a consistent and simple taste.

The mouthfeel looses some marks for being so carbonated. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with it, but for the dark flavors, I was hoping for something a little more substantial. This was a little too thin.

The drink was also satisfying but unmemorable. It goes down fine but doesn't really leave any stong lasting impressions. And that's the beer itself. A good beer with simple, consistent and subtle flavors that is too carbonated and at times, perhaps, a little too subtle.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark, dark brown...almost black colour. The faint amount of light that does get through shows the beer to be cloudy. On top sits almost 3 fingers of off white creamy head which sticks around for ages. Quite the eye candy.

Smell - Dark fruit smell seems most prominent. Prunes and the like. There is also some light toasted malt notes.

Taste - Dark fruits here as well. Followed by a very faint spice flavour. Not sure what exactly. There's also some caramel malt flavours. Towards the finish there is a definite alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body but very, very creamy. Moderate carbonation leaves for a crisp and satisfying finish.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of HeroJH
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good.

A - Dark Brown - white head
S - Apple, light toasty. Dark brown Sugar. Green Banana
T - Tart - a bit shallow. Nice bitter. Little sweet. Clove and green banana.
M - Dry and nice. not any of that tart sweetness that I get from some Bavarians which I don't like much.
D - Good. not interesting but would be terrific with food.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Dunkel pours out as a really really dark and cloudy beer into the glass with yellowish foam to spare. I can hardly see the light through the glass. The foam will stick around to the very end.

Smells of wheat, hops, and syrup become quickly apparent.

The initial taste is sweet & syrupy, with a variety of cereal flavors making up the sweetness and an elusive but omnipresent overroasted coffee taste for contrast. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and potato flavors start to show up.

The body feels like medium, not too thick, adequate carbonation, and a joy to drink along with the foam.

What a wonderful beer indeed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Roke87
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, poured into an Erdinger weizen glass at cellar temperature.
Best before date: August.2011

Appearance- Pours a murky dark dark brown colour, looks almost like swamp water, and almost completely opaque but it does illuminate a little once held up to a light. Average pour yielded a nice soapy two fingers of off white head that very quickly dissipates to a tiny little few bubbles of a ring leaving almost no lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- bready and malty right off the bat and a touch of yeast as well, slight hints of dark chocolate with a nice fruity undertone in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smell, dominated by a nice bready malt flavour and you can definitely taste the yeast in there as well. The chocolate somewhat comes through but not as strong as in the nose, the fruity flavours are there in the taste, maybe banana I’m thinking? Does finish rather sweet as well with a nice hint of toffee in there.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, has very high carbonation but still finishes smooth and crisp on the palate.

Overall- When I first tried this one I loved it a little more, but now as my palate is growing more refined it doesn’t hit the same notes that it once did, although don’t get me wrong this is still a very quality wheat beer and probably one of my favourites. It is still one of my go to’s when in search of a good wheat beer but it’s just not in the same high regard it once was when I first started trying new beers.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, very dark reddish-brown German Dunkel Weissbier with a large tan head. The smell reminds me of a grape lollipop and licorice with a slight roastedness. I taste plum and licorice with a slightly roasted finish. The body is firm in my mouth. I found this to be an odd mix of flavors but very tastey indeed.

(source: Savannah, GA)

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Photo of Evocatus
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark opaque brown color with a beige, thick, and foamy head. Not too much aroma; nothing distinct nor strong. Taste was also pretty weak, but there were hints of a roast and banana flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty much the highlight of the beer. The beer itself is pretty thick, and mixed with the lingering foamy head, it feels great in the mouth for savoring what taste there actually is. Pretty good overall, decent beer that can be drunk at anytime, just needs more taste.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A super nice foamy beer, When you poor it out, the foam is what you see first. I like a nice foamy beer, and this one gave me what I was looking for in a beer.

The brown color of this beer was reminding me the Guinness, but not black but brown.

The taste have no bitterness, a real nice product of Germany.

The bottle of 500 ml with it alcohol content of 5.3 %, is enjoyable like the famous Guinness.

I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of hefevice
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured tan with bubbly biege head that disappeared quickly and left hardly any lacing on my weizen glass, which usually picks up heaps of lace. Aroma dominated by caramel malt. Similar with the taste, smooth and mild with a slight metalic coffee finish. Easy drinkin and uncomplicated for a dark beer.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff isn't Sanka! This is the kulak's share of the five year plan's most desired whispering wheat plastered

on the world's biggest Mein Kampf mustache. This is Juan Carlo on his mule picking the beans fresh and

rinsing them off in fresh hot candied rum. This is the run-off from the Milk Way's underground rivers. Enough

of the limp-wristed poesy Baudelaire:

"Time to get drunk!"
Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

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Photo of sbe1
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola brown with a thick foamy head that lasts right to the end.

Smell: Soft wheat scent, a good pleasant smell but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Smooth and rich--and slightly and pleasantly sweet. Not like a dunkel, maybe because it's not exactly a dunkel--other reviewers keep calling it a dunkel, but nowhere on the label does it say dunkel.

Mouthfeel: Again smooth with a slight tickle of carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown, nearly black, with a large, fizzy tan head that's slow to fade, but left little lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the smell is faint overall. Yeast, sweet malts, and the usual scent of fresh bananas and cloves. Hints of coffee, too.

T: Dark, slightly roasty wheat malts with nicely balancing coffee and dark chocolate undertones. Earthy spices throughout, with subdued banana esters. Lots of nice yeasty flavours.

M: Medium-bodied with the typical champagne-like carbonation of a Weizen, quite smooth but also filling.

D: I don't have any other Dunkelweizen to compare this to, but it seems like a pretty solid representative of the style if not very complex.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice deep dark brown with a thick light brown foamy head. I get lots of caramel and banana in the smell. It is quite sweet smelling.

The taste is a bit lemony at first and end with toffee/caramel sweetness that lingers. I don't get a lot of wheat in the flavor which is a bit disappointing as I really enjoy their Hefeweizen.

It is a very easy drinker and the sweetness only slightly hinders that.

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Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i tried this one on a whem and loved it. Dark, with a light lacey head. has a woderful yeasty, almost sweet flavor.
a: dark, mild carbonation..lacey head
s: sweet, yeasty..but with a carmel overtone
taste: nice...somewhat sweet, but very flavorful...mild on the hops..but lots of other flavors floating around in, choco can taste the grains some too...
mouthfeel...moderately creamy
d: Yes..would order again...

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Photo of weazal
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Looks are deceiving, smells like hefe-weizen despite such dark color. Overall tough to pick out aromas or much potency. Mostly yeast with some mild spices.

T: A thicker tinge, but overall clean experience. Most of the flavor comes towards the end with a smokiness and tacky molasses.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a chocolate brown with a very slight red twinge. Rocky, frothy head that fades suprisingly fast. It lacks the creamy head I associate with the style.

S - Really big chocolate malt notes. There's a hint of fruit, but it's mostly covered up by the spicy yeast character. The malt is dominant, though, and is holding things back a little.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Big chocolate malt note that lingers the entire way through. The wheat finally shows itself here, but it's surprisingly mild. I'm not sure what yeast Erdinger uses, but it's definitely less assertive than some of the other German breweries.

MF - Pretty standard for the style. All the creaminess is there, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

D - Decent for the style, but I don't think I'd really want another. I wouldn't turn it down, but I doubt I'll seek it out again with better options available. Ayinger and Weihenstephaner do the same style to a much, much better degree.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown or black depending on how much light hits it.

S - Dark fruit, spices and earthy notes.

T - Rich dark fruits, cloves and a sweet finish.

M - Mild carbonation but otherwise watery.

O - A deep inviting beer for those that like this style. Easy to drink even though many will be put off by its dark appearance. Although I prefer other Erdinger beers as this one feels a bit too heavy on the taste buds.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that held through the whole beer. Also some nice lacing.
S- A sweet roasted wheat smell, with a hint of caramel and chocolate.
T/M- A little too high on the carbonation, has some sweetness to it with a bready wheat taste as well
D- This is a very easy beer to drink, goes down very smooth. It looks dark but there is not mistaking that it is wheat.

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Photo of engisch
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown, with a tan head. This is actually fairly dark for it's style, so it's hard to see the cloudiness, as it wouldn't be very clear even without the cloudiness.

The smell is sweet with a hint of bananas, but not the same that you expect from most wheat-brews. The flavor is pleasant and I enjoy it, but if you are looking for a darker wheat beer, this doesn't have the same strong almost overwhelming banana and clove that you would expect from a wheat beer. It is a nice dunkel with a hint of wheatiness and a bit of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel, carbonation, etc make for a very well balanced beer.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super thick head from an aggressive pour. Color of dark coffee.
Great nose on this brew with grain aromas ballanced by noble hops. Some toffee and coffee aromas in there too, but light.
Light wheat flavors, some other grains in there too. Nice low malted profile that maintains dominace. Very mild coffee flavors mixed in. Real clean brew.
Medium mouthfeel, again real clean, no lingering flavor.
Nothing outstanding here, just a solid offering. Very plesant brew.

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Photo of Blissmo
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Erdinger Kristallklar and Hefe before so I was anxious to pick this one up when I first heard of it. I bought a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel at the "systembolaget" (it's the monopoly we have here in Sweden for selling beer and such with higher than 3.5% alcohol by volume) in a neighboring town.

I poured it into a weissbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was that that the beer was much darker than I had expected, almost as dark as say, a Guinness, but with a slightly brown/tan foamy head.

It smelled a lot less than I expected, but I could smell a little bit of caramel.

The taste was good but it didn't taste as much as I expected. The taste was a bit caramelly as well, with less fruit and citrus than an ordinary wiessbier and virtually no bitterness at all.

Overall I liked the look and mouthfeel to it the most. The taste and smell was good but very subtle. Although I must say it's a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hear that the brewery itself in Erding Germany is spotless and lovely... I am only glad that I have sampled some of their better output.

This is a descent Dunkelweizen, worthy of purchase and enjoyment, but will not rank among my favorites of the style (to me it's like a Kristalweiss charading as something more).

Appearance was fine -- coloring and haziness. I like a bit firmer, lasting foam, though. Smell offered some small promise of sweetness -- which was there in the taste, but unsupported by my preference of background (Vienna/Munich malts) and foreground (phenols/esters) flavors. Is this intentionally brewed colder to limit these flavors?

Summation: A good brew and something I would not pass up in and of itself.

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Photo of peck95
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the first dunkel weisse that i've tried so the review might not be fair for the style compared to other dunkel's;
a nice dark brown with a small head but good lacing, overall a nice
clean look
i didn't catch much in the nose a small spice smell and maybe
this is a very nice tasting beer some sweet roasted taste followed with a crisp wheat beer and European hefe clove/banana taste similar to a banana bread
mouthfeel and drinkability are both relatively the same there is nothing in this beer that is bad it is relatively crisp but smooth. but there is nothing that jumps out. Really makes me want to try
some other dunkel's

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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